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  • February 24, 2021 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Register at:

    Isuroon invites you to our International Women of African Descent Day Virtual Conference on Monday, March 8th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST

    About this Event

    Join us for a day of knowledge and information with a particular focus on the growth and development of women of African descent. Through panel discussions, presentations, and interactive workshops, we will address key issues impacting the wellbeing of women of African descent including:

    • economic inequality
    • culturally sensitive healthcare
    • COVID-19 and its impact on women of color
    • emotional health and resiliency
    • the Muslim Ban and its effect on African communities
    • political involvement to drive positive change

    The conference will provide learning and skill-building opportunities for community members, healthcare professionals, government workers, organizers, and allies seeking to develop authentic relationships with People of Color and Indigenous communities. Over the course of the day, we will honor the strength of our women, families, and communities; address the disparities that exist in Minnesota and the United States; and identify ways that we can promote the lives of women of African descent.

    While the event is free, Isuroon is encouraging donations to support our culturally appropriate halal food shelves. Visit the link to donate, thank you for your support!

  • February 23, 2021 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    2021 Summer Public Health Institute

    Hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, The Summer Public Health Institute provides a space where innovation happens, allowing faculty and experts to create short courses that respond to current advances in their fields. Most courses span one week and provide participants with applied research and practice skills that can be used right away.

    The Institute will be held exclusively online this year. Utilizing Canvas and Zoom, classes will be featuring a mix of live zoom activities in addition to recorded lectures and online activities. 

    26 courses offered in the following topic areas:

    • Culturally Responsive Practice 

    • Food Protection and Safety 

    • Emerging Infectious Diseases 

    • Health of Communities and Families 

    • Impacts of Globalization 

    • Preparedness, Response and Recovery 

    • Research Methods 

    Register for academic graduate credit or for continuing education hours. Registration opens February 25 for University of Minnesota admitted students, March 4 for non-admitted students.

    Refer to the registration page on the website for instructions:

    Questions: contact

  • February 22, 2021 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    Attention MPHA Community!

    Check out this six-part webinar training from ChangeLab Solutions.

    First webinar begins on Mar 5, 2021 12:00 noon CST, with the topic: "Uprooting the Structural Drivers of Health Inequity: Growing Policy Solutions for Improved Community Health"

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    GROWING POLICY SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVED COMMUNITY HEALTH is the first session in ChangeLab Solutions’ six-part virtual engagement series, Uprooting the Structural Drivers of Health Inequity.

    In this session, we will kick off the series with a discussion of how organizations and advocates are addressing inequity in their efforts to improve health outcomes, bringing together three leaders in public health and health equity to discuss these questions:

    · What are the structural drivers of health inequity?

    · How are different sectors — including community-based organizations, government, and funders — addressing these drivers to advance structural solutions?

    · How are leaders re-imagining their approaches in the context of the pandemic, economic crisis, and a growing movement for racial justice?


    · Oxiris Barbot, MD, adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and senior fellow for public health and social justice at The JPB Foundation

    · Wendoly Marte, director of economic justice at Community Change

    · Cara James, PhD, president and CEO at Grantmakers in Health

    · Sarah de Guia, JD, CEO at ChangeLab Solutions (Moderator)

  • February 15, 2021 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members:

    You are invited to participate in a unique initiative addressing the high rates of racial disparities in infant mortality that affect Region 5.  The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is working in partnership with HRSA Office of Regional Operations (ORO) to convene a webinar series that will consider root causes of racial disparities that can further inform and strengthen state-initiated efforts to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality.  The webinars are intended to augment and align with existing state plans, catalyze further action, and accelerate efforts to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality. 


    The first webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST with a “Call to Action” for state teams and key partners, and continue with monthly webinars through 2021.  Interested partners may register through the following link from CityMatCH for the kick-off:


    The Webinar content will focus on foundational issues, with state and local examples, including historical context, the role of racism, social determinants of health, community engagement, and turning data to action. Attendees will also examine opportunities to impact the systems and policies which play into perpetuating racism and, as a result, maintain persistent health inequities amongst different racial and ethnic groups.


    Black-White racial inequities in infant mortality in Region 5 are among the worst in the nation. 

    Here are some key statistics:

    ·         At the Regional level, the Black infant mortality rate (IMR) and absolute Black-White IMR gap are highest for Region 5.  

    ·         At the state-level, five of the ten states with the highest Black IMRs are located in Region 5 and four of the five states with the highest absolute Black-White IMR gap are in Region 5. 

    ·         At the county-level, five of the ten counties with the most excess Black infant deaths are located in Region 5. 

    ·         Infant mortality rates for the Native American community are also unacceptably high in Region 5. 


    Your participation is critical, as your organization has the power to impact the systems and policies which play into perpetuating racism and, as a result, maintain persistent health inequities amongst different racial and ethnic groups.  We hope that our collaboration throughout the course of the foundational webinars and beyond can accelerate the existing work in Region 5.


    Despite years of hard work at the federal, state, and local levels, we know disparities in infant mortality have persisted and in some areas have gotten worse. We cannot win this fight alone or in our separate silos, and hope you will join us as we work to eliminate racial disparities and achieve infant health equity in Region 5.  For questions or more information on the webinar series, please contact the Region 5 MCHB Project Officer, Kathy K. Best, at

  • February 15, 2021 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Hill Visits 101- Tips for Meeting with State and Federal Elected Officials

    Please visit for more information and to register! CEUs available.

  • February 08, 2021 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    The Center for Black Health & Equity, ChangeLab Solutions, and Counter Tools are co-hosting a webinar—Equitable Enforcement in Commercial Tobacco Control—next Tuesday, February 9 1:00 CST.

    Although state and local health departments are the primary target audience, we welcome partner organizations to join as well.

    If you're interested in attending, please register here: 

  • February 03, 2021 8:11 AM | Anonymous

    The African American Leadership Forum Presents: 
    Leadership By Any Means Necessary
    February 25-27, $25

    This virtual, three-day conference features engaging and interactive sessions with African American leaders throughout the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and the nation. Engage in intergenerational dialogue with community leaders, changemakers, and innovators who represent the current era of leadership in the Black community.

     Learn more

  • January 29, 2021 4:06 PM | Anonymous


    Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

    About this Event

    As the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been on the leading edge of the fight against COVID-19 since the crisis began. Now serving as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Biden-Harris Administration, Dr. Fauci joins us for this special event about the state of the pandemic and what's to come as the new administration gets to work.

    This event is open to any employee or affiliate of the COVID Collaborative's member organizations.


    Date And Time

    Tue, February 9, 2021

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST


  • January 27, 2021 12:04 PM | Anonymous




    COVID-19 and the Legacy of Racism: Vaccine Hesitancy and Treatment Bias
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021
    2:00 - 3:00 PM CST


    George Mensah, MD
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    Lauren Powell, PhD
    The Equitist

    Andrea Willis, MD & Dakasha Winton
    BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

    The COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on Black, Latino and other communities of color has resulted in disproportionately high rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Racism, both historical and current, complicates efforts to reduce these disparities by contributing to vaccine hesitancy, treatment bias, barriers to testing, and ongoing economic and social inequities.

    This webinar will explore challenges and solutions. It is part of the series "Stopping the Other Pandemic: Systemic Racism and Health."

    Speakers will discuss:

    • Addressing vaccine hesitancy in Black and other communities with significant health disparities
    • How race-based treatment bias impacts care and health outcomes for Black and other patients from communities of color and how to bring about positive change
    • A health plan’s efforts to ensure access to culturally competent care, support and educate its members about COVID-19 testing, and improve access to primary care 
    Register Today

  • January 21, 2021 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Training on COVID Messaging, Vaccines, and Faith Communities

    Attention MPHA Community:

    Are you working to provide information about the benefits of vaccination against COVID in partnership with faith communities? You may be interested in this online training, “Rooted in Faith & Community: Messaging for Leaders to Advance Health Equity” next Wednesday, January 27 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CST.

    Presenters include Gary Gunderson of Wake Forest Baptist Health, a national thought leader on faith-based health, and Gene Matthews and Dawn Hunter, attorneys from the Network for Public Health Law.Participants will learn to become better advocates by understanding which foundational moral values resonate with us and how to recognize, appreciate, and learn to speak to other people's values.

    The training is sponsored by Eastside Health and Well-Being Collaborative (St Paul, Minnesota), MHealth Fairview, and the Network for Public Health Law.

    Registration link

    More info on Becoming Better Messengers


    Jill Krueger

    Region Director


    The Network for Public Health Law – Northern Region

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